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Fairman Rallies Griffins Past No. 8 UCSB

Elias Fairman Game Winning Shot
Elias Fairman Game Winning Shot

For Immediate Release – Westminster Lacrosse
SALT LAKE CITY – The 18th-ranked Westminster College men’s lacrosse used four goals from Elias Fairman to rally for an 11-10 overtime victory against No. 8 UC Santa Barbara on Mon. night at Judge Memorial.
Westminster (6-3) would only lead one time in the game and it came 1:44 seconds into overtime. Things didn’t look good for the Griffins when Aaron Bucka scored his fifth goal of the game to give UC Santa Barbara (8-2) the 10-9 lead with just 22 seconds on the fourth quarter clock.

Elias Fairman Game Winning Shot
Elias Fairman Game Winning Shot
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Collin Madsen would come away with a big face-off victory to secure a final shot for the Griffins in regulation. After a shot from Kyle Postler went high, Westminster took a timeout with 11 seconds remaining to set-up a final play. Fairman took possession from behind the cage and then forced his way to the front of the net to level the game at 10-10 with just five seconds left in regulation.
After Madsen won the opening face-off of overtime, it was again Fairman that delivered for the Griffins. This time working from the right side, the sophomore attacked and fired a shot from 15 yards out that beat the Gauchos goalie and scored the win for Westminster.
Fairman scored three of his four goals in the final 4:25 of the game including overtime. He took a team-best 10 shots in the game with six on goal to record his second four-goal game of the season.
Westminster was outshot in the game 32-31, but they took advantage of two extra-man opportunities where they scored two goals. The Griffins held the Gauchos without a goal in four chances with the man-advantage. UCSB had a 32-24 edge in ground balls and they won 16-of-25 face-offs. Both teams had 12 turnovers and the Griffins went 18-of-20 in clearing chances.
Eric Crosby provided some offensive support for the Griffins with three goals and one assist for a total of four points. Madsen would add two goals with Postler getting one goal and one assist. Chris Burckle would earn his sixth win of the season by making 12 saves in cage.
Bucka led UCSB with those five goals while attempting 10 shots. Sam Simmons won 16-of-25 face-offs and Ryan Walsh picked up seven ground balls.
Westminster will return to action on Friday when they welcome Cal Poly to Dumke Field for a 3 p.m. MDT opening face-off.
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  1. Great picture, yes… better young man on and off the field. Nice job Griffins getting the signature win. it will help with the at-large bid. Best of luck against Cal Poly on Friday, the Skyline Eagles will be cheering for you.

  2. Gotta love seeing Eli do well. What a great example being a humble and hard working young man. Keep up the great work ethic and leadership, Eli.
    Good luck with the rest of the season Griffins!

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